The Indian Ocean Littoral: Cartography and Port Cities

Port Cities: The Western Indian Ocean

This course module examines the development and inter-connection of 12 major port cities along the Western Indian Ocean littoral. Historically, ports are the gateways that connect the Indian Ocean and are the main building blocks that create an Indian Ocean World. Below we look at twelve such port cities: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Lamu, Aden, Jiddah, Muscat, Kuwait, Karachi, Bombay, Surat, and Goa.  

Dar es Salaam Muscat
Zanzibar Kuwait
Mombasa Karachi
Lamu Surat
Aden Bombay
Jiddah Goa


Working Bibliography:

Chaudhuri, K. N. Trade and Civilization in the Indian Ocean: An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Chaudhuri, K. N. Asia before Europe. Economy and Civilisation of the Indian Ocean from the Rise of Islam to 1750. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Das Gupta, Ashin and M. N. Pearson. India and the Indian Ocean, 1500-1800. Calcutta: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Hourani, G. F. Arab Seafaring in the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951.

Toussaint, August. History of the Indian Ocean. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1966.

Villiers, Alan John. Monsoon Seas: the Story of the Indian Ocean. New York: McGraw Hill, 1952.


Other links to the Western Indian Ocean World:

Trading Places: The East India Company & Asia

IOCO Gateway

UCLA Conference on Indian Ocean, April 2002

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